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What happened to Nathan Bedford Forrest statue?

March 26, 202114

Nathan Bedford Forrest statue was removed on December 20, 2017, and is currently in the possession of the Sons of Confederate Veterans. Plans are for the statue to be re-erected on the grounds of the SCV National Headquarters in Columbia, Tennessee.

Charles Henry Niehaus (1855-1935) sculpted the Forrest Monument, which was erected in 1905 in Forrest Park. This BIZARRE, DERANGED-LOOKING DEPICTION OF General Nathan Bedford Forrest is a rare example of a Confederate monument that, rather than being sculpted with dignity and grace, accurately reflects the ugliness of its subject. 

Nathan Bedford Forrest statue

The remains of Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest and his wife will be removed from a Memphis park where a monument of him once stood. Forrest, who was a slave trader and early Ku Klux Klan leader, and his wife, Mary Ann, had their graves at Health Sciences Park, where a monument to Forrest used to be.

Forrest's descendants say removing his statue caused them pain. A year after Memphis mothballed a relic of its Confederate past, some people are trying to pull it out of storage. Those people would be the descendants of Nathan Bedford Forrest — the Confederate general who, before he led a massacre of surrendering Union soldiers, was buying and selling African-Americans. Those African-Americans would be the ancestors of the black people who make up 64 percent of Memphis’s population. Many cheered this time last year when the city finally removed a statue of Forrest from a place of honor at Health Sciences Park and relegated it to a place of obscurity with Memphis Greenspace, Inc.

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